Vice President Joe Biden wrote an open letter to the “courageous young woman” who is the victim of the highly-publicized Stanford sexual assault case. Biden praised the woman for her writing a letter of her own to her attacker.
“I do not know your name,” Biden said. “But your words are forever seared on my soul. Words that should be required reading for men and women of all ages,” he added. The vice president said he was in “awe” of her courage and for naming all of the “wrongs that were done” to her. Biden commended the woman for her passion at asserting an “equal claim to human dignity.”
The woman at the heart of Biden’s letter was sexually assaulted by Brock Turner, a Stanford swimmer, while she was unconscious at a fraternity party. Turner was given 6-month sentence in a county jail and three years of probation for his crime.
Biden expressed his anger in reading her words, saying she was “failed by a culture on our college campuses where one in five women is sexually assaulted.”
The vice president also took a moment to praise the young men that helped stop the assault.
Biden isn’t the only politician weighing in on the issue. Texas Representative Ted Poe called for an overturn of the sentence and for the judge to be removed from the bench.